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    Has the GS-Lust The_Veg's Avatar
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    Another Arkansas ride

    So right after ChiTown's great write-up of riding in northwestern Arkansas, I was at my local club's monthly meeting and a fellow member asked me if I'd like to join him and another member on a ride to the same area (pure coincidence). I said maybe, and after checking my schedule and budget I agreed to join the ride.
    We set out from Dallas at 0600 on Friday and got home at 2030 on Saturday, spending most waking moments in the saddle. We rode the same area as ChiTown, but we kept it on-pavement and therefore saw different places. The snow was gone, but that small jagged limestone gravel that gets spread over ice was still present in some of the turns. The hard rains that ravaged the region a few days earlier had swollen the rivers and flooded lots of areas, but thankfully not the roads.
    It was great exploring some of the really insane Ozark twisties, and I only had two wildlife-scares (a BIG but adolescent-looking deer mid-day on Friday, and a pack of turkeys on Saturday). I also took lots of metal-notes for future visits.
    I also rode faster and better than ever before, thanks to a great group-dynamic and a ride leader experienced with the region. I even scraped a peg on the GS, which due to the extreme lean-angle and the fact that gravity was pulling me way too hard through a downhill hairpin, was a scary moment.
    I didn't take too many pictures of the roads as we just plain didn't stop much, not that very many places would be safe to stop for a picture for the usual rural-twisties reasons.

    But here are a few pics from the trip:

    Lunch stop at Ozark, at a comfy pub-restaurant

    The obligatory food-shot

    Navigational discussion

    Low-water crossing that despite the temptation, I did NOT attempt. Water was about 6-8" deep and MOVING FAST.

    One-lane bridge with hikers

    Flooding river

    Road-shot that does *NO* justice to many of the roads we travelled

    Says it all

    Fireside moment with El Chupacabra

    We stayed at this B&B run by old hippies

    After a couple of glasses of wine, figuring out where to ride tomorrow

    Obscure model from the Motor Company, spotted at an inn we passed

    The view from Mount magazine, the highest place in Arkansas (although this view is from the park lodge, slightly below the true high-point)

    Whatever it was, it was cheap

    Stopping to shed layers at Wa****a

    We rode the Talimena Scenic Drive on the way home. This is at the Panoramic Vista, which has a near-360 view of surrounding valleys. The R100S belongs to a good friend of mine who lives just off the drive and joined us for a little while.

    Almost home

    The entire gallery may be viewed here.
    Last edited by The_Veg; 03-25-2008 at 04:21 PM. Reason: spelling
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    Registered User barryg's Avatar
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    We're allways glad to share the the great riding area's of the Ouchita's Mountains and Ozark Hills with our extended BMW family. Our rally, the Natural State Rally, May16-18, just out side of Morriilton, Ar. is a good base of operations for doing some of this great riding. More info in When and Where. Y'll come back Ya'here.

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    It is what it is. Bud's Avatar
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    Good report with interesting pictures.

    Food shot should be relabeled: Hear attack on a plate.
    Ride Well

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Good report with interesting pictures.

    Food shot should be relabeled: Hear attack on a plate.
    I saw some veggies. That makes it health food in my book

    Great report!

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    Excellent Veg. Have ridden from the Big D (rentals) to the Ozarks many times on business and enjoy the area immensely, including the Talimena. Nice to see familiar places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Veg View Post
    What a great ride report! I feel that I was along (Arkansas is one of the 50 I haven't set foot in). This is a great shot! Glad you and your buddies had such a good time.

    Quote Originally Posted by SIBUD View Post
    Food shot should be relabeled: Hear attack on a plate.
    There is absolutely no link between eating red meat and hearing loss.

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    Rally Rat
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    How would a person get any rest with that loud thing out side your room ?
    Much less how would they clean rooms on rainy days ?
    Was its trailer parked out back ?

    Did I cover all the stereotypes

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